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Singapore Biennale Announces 2019 Theme and Curatorial Team

From left to right: John Tung, Goh Sze Ying, Renan Laru-an, Patrick Flores, Andrea Fam, Anca Verona Mihulet, and Vipash Purichanont.

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The Singapore Biennale has revealed the title and the curatorial team for its 2019 edition, slated to run November 22, 2019, through March 22, 2020. Patrick Flores will lead the curatorial team for the show, titled “Every Step in the Right Direction.”

Organized by the Singapore Art Museum and commissioned by the National Arts Council of Singapore, the 2019 Biennale “will explore curatorial and artistic themes common to our human conditions and the catalytic role ‘hope’ plays in pushing for change,” according to a press release. The event will take place across various sites and locations, including the National Gallery Singapore and the Gillman Barracks.

Flores is a professor of art studies at the University of the Philippines and a curator at the Vargas Museum in Manila. He is the first external artistic director of the Biennale since the Singapore Art Museum began organizing it in 2011. (Past editions were helmed by directors of the museum.)

The 2019 biennial’s curatorial team will also include Andrea Fam and John Tung, assistant curators at the Singapore Art Museum; Goh Sze Ying, assistant curator at the National Gallery Singapore; Renan Laru-an, a Manila-based independent curator; Anca Verona Mihulet, an art historian and Seoul-based curator; and Vipash Purichanont, a Bangkok-based curator. A “steering committee” of arts professionals will also advise the curatorial team.

Flores said in a statement, “For [the] Singapore Biennale 2019, we ask—what is the possibility of art, the artist, and the audience in light of this trouble? What is the responsibility of the artwork, its making, and its experience in the prospects of future action? As we believe, every effort to change the world for the better matters. The Singapore Biennale 2019 puts its faith squarely in the potential of art and its understanding to rework the world.”

The full list of artists participating in the 2019 Singapore Biennale will be released later this year.

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